Robert wrote:self-centeredness did not cause/create my alcoholism...
So true! It's impossible to become alcoholic without alcohol! And, alcohol is what creates alcoholism.
Alcohol, for me, was a solution to the effects and results created by my perceptions of my Self and my world. So, I drank it to help me.
I continued drinking and then became alcoholic.
Then, at some stage of my alcoholism -- I reached a place where it was harming me more than it was helping me -- but, I couldn't stop drinking it. That was the effects of my alcoholism.
This for me, is why it was essential for me to "take the Steps" to produce a transformation of my perceptions and my thinking (psychic change). I could not be free of the bondage of alcohol -- and remain free -- until the computer in my head got fixed! All my drives kept crashing!